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KitchenAid 36-Inch Built-in Gas Grill Review

The KitchenAid 36-Inch Built-in Gas Grill is designed to look impressive. For a little over a thousand dollars, you get so much. This is a gas grill with four standard burners, an infrared internal sear burner, and a full rotisserie system (but you have to buy the rotisserie rod and motor separately). For the price, this is a big grill insert and completely stainless steel. The problem? You get what you pay for.

Specifications – KitchenAid 36-Inch Built-in

  • Four 10,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
  • One 18,000 BTU ceramic type infrared main burner
  • One 13,000 BTU rear mounted infrared rotisserie burner
  • 670 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 884 square inches
  • 40,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • Push button electric (AA-battery) ignition
  • Complete stainless steel construction
  • Rotisserie kit sold separately
  • Made in China by Nexgrill for the KitchenAid Brand

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Lots of features

CONS

  • Must be converted to NG
  • Low quality construction
  • Problems with parts fitting
  • Built with mixed metals

KitchenAid 36-Inch Built-in Gas Grill

Derrick Riches

KitchenAid 36-Inch Built-in Gas Grill
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Summary

The bottom line here is that The KitchenAid 36-Inch Built-in Gas Grill is too good to be true. The construction quality and durability make it a gas grill to avoid. This is particularly true because this is a built-in grill. You have an enclosure built around this grill and when it fails a few years down the road, you may not be just replacing the grill, but reengineering your outdoor kitchen.

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Full Review – KitchenAid 36-Inch Built-in Gas Grill

Wow, this built-in gas grill looks great. Too bad it is all promise and no delivery. When you look at this grill, widely available, you see a shiny unit loaded with knobs. The KitchenAid 36-Inch Built-in Gas Grill has four main burners, plus a built-in infrared burner and a rotisserie burner (kit sold separately). It seems like such a great option. Unfortunately, the construction quality is very low. Just as an example, the mixture of stainless steel used produces some dramatic and uneven thermal expansion. Cooking grates may not fit into place or can be damaged just from using this grill.

I know that most people wouldn’t expect such a poor-quality grill from a brand like KitchenAid. The problem is that KitchenAid (now more a brand than a product) has almost nothing to do with this product, or any of their grills actually. The use of the name is a licensing arrangement. KitchenAid didn’t design, build, or even market this grill. They just got a check for the use of the name. Personally, I hate it when companies do this. It is false advertising and should, frankly, be illegal.

I can get into all the problems with this 36-Inch KitchenAid gas grill. The simple truth is that KitchenAid 36-inch built-in gas grill is too good to be true. The people behind it are only out to make a quick buck and if you end up hating KitchenAid because of it, they don’t care. They will simply license another name to slap on the front. They’ve done it before. They will do it again.

If you really want a good option, try looking at my list of the Best Built-in Gas Grills under $2000.

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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